In 1891, JP Meyer, member of the Transvaal Volksraad, named this small town that was established on the farm Rietfontein, after himself. The town lies 15 km north of Vereeniging and most of its inhabitants make their living from that town’s industries. Adventure And Sport Hiking: The Three Rivers Hiking Trail meanders through the area […]


During the years of the Struggle, Sharpeville was even more famous than Sebokeng. It was here that 69 black people died in 1960 during a protest march against the country’s pass laws. The Sedibeng District Council has earmarked Sharpeville as a tourist and economic development centre. The Sharpeville Memorial Precinct will include the museum, the […]


Vanderbijlpark was originally laid out to accommodate the huge workforce needed to operate South Africa’s second steel manufacturing plant. In 1920, the Prime Minister, Jan Smuts, called the scientist, Dr HJ Van der Bijl, back from America to oversee South Africa’s industrial development. Dr van der Bijl subsequently became the chief executive in charge of […]


The town was established in 1892 and was named Vereeniging (Union) because the Free State, Transvaal and Cape were “united” through the railway which was completed and crossed the Vaal in 1892. The town grew fast due to the rich coal deposits in the area and the need to accommodate the growing number of workers. […]